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I have not had my period in many years - 7 or 8 years with only a few periods! I don't know what to do and worry about my health - can someone help?

By Anonymous April 26, 2010 - 10:16pm
 
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I had an eating disorder when I was a teen, and had previously had scattered periods. After being anorexic, my period stopped altogether, and has never really come back, despite recovery and weight gain. I have tried many things over the years - hormones, homeopathy, accupuncture, Don Quai, etc., but still I don't get my period. I know I could take birth control but I was told that that isn't a "real period" and I really dislike the way that I feel on most birth control. I just want to do what my body needs from me and I would prefer to do it in a "natural" and "healthy" way (whatever that means!) - can anyone offer some advice?

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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

Hi Diane!
Thanks so much for getting back to me on this. I appreciate it so much.

I haven't had my hormone levels tested recently, perhaps I should contact my doctor about setting up an appointment with an endrocrinologist. I previously took estrogen (I believe) to counter my low levels of estrogen and heightened testosterone level. That got my period going but I was miserable and felt extremely depressed so I stopped. Then I tried progesterone and that got my period going, along with yoga, but once I had a stressful occurence in my life, my period stopped again.

I don't think I have ever had my thyroid levels tested. I will also bring that up with my doctor.

I am a commuter cyclist, so I would estimate that I cycle about 40 minutes - 1 hour per day, 4 - 5 days a week. Other than that, I walk and have a somewhat physical job (cooking/dishwashing/serving) so I would say that I am fairly active but I don't go to a gym or run or anything. Over-exercising wasn't very much a part of my eating disorder because I ate so little that I had no energy to do anything.

I am taking St. John's Wort, for anxiety, Don Quai, for ammenhorrea, calcium with vitamin D, for bones, and vitamin C.

Thank you again for your help!
Smiles, Annie

April 29, 2010 - 12:32pm
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